Ate Mela’s Baby Shower

POTATO Last December 22, 2012, I experienced a first. I’ve never been to a baby shower before that’s why I was absolutely excited when my Ate Mela messaged me a month ago that she was coming home from Cebu to have her baby shower here in Davao. Before anything else, let me tell you a little back story about me and the fabulous mom-to-be. Before she became my English teacher, close friend, and now, “Ate”, she was my moderator for the First Year Publications, in Ateneo de Davao. It was funny how in our first meeting, the first thing that popped in my head when I saw her was, “Oh! So the pretty teacher with the always elegant clothes will be our moderator. What’s her name again? God, I’m such a first year.” And then she asked me what my nickname was. I didn’t expect this because you know, people usually ask for your first name on a first meeting. I told her that it was “Melay” and then she said, “Okay. I’ll call you Melay because my name is also Carmela.” I smiled and thought, “Cool.” Looking back, I can’t help but feel really happy about how things turned out, especially for her. Our friendship has come a long way! Things just happened so fast this year. From her bridal shower, to her wedding, and now her baby shower. She’s just so amazing and strong. That’s why I have no doubts about how her soon-to-be Baby Lucas Iñigo would turn out the same.   Now let me proceed with the fun that day. The baby shower was held at Café Andessa in Buhangin,...

‘Tori Says’ her First ‘Hello’.

POTATO Hello. I guess you pretty much expected that. But I think what you didn’t expect was that ‘Hello’ came with a wave and a big, big smile because if you see me in person, you’d really think, “Wow, this girl has really big teeth.” But yeah, whatever. I’m happy with them anyway. That’s just one of the things that make me, well, me. Okay, enough talk about me and my big smile. On the first week of December, I went to this conference with my beloved mother and aunt. It was Bo Sanchez’ Kerygma Conference 2012 with the theme, “Champions, Arise!” What happened that whole day is another story. But I do want to share a very little, tiny, tiny thing that we did over there that meant very, very huge to me (I don’t know if people say that. ‘Very huge to me’ sounds a bit weird but, ‘huge’ is the only word I could think of that I could parallel with ‘little’ and ‘tiny’. LOL.) So here’s the tiny, quick story. There was this part in the program wherein we were given white flags and we were made to wave them high up in the air, close our eyes, feel the music and surrender all our worries and fears and heartaches to God. It was the most wonderful thing. The next part was, we were asked to take our white flags and write on them our greatest dreams in life in words or phrases. I still have my flag. I wrote four things and they were: Graduate.                            Blog.                      Be Successful.                   Inspire. After seeing that...
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